April 2016 E-Newsletter

Upcoming Events

2016 Annual Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors!





AGM Financial Services
Ballard Spahr

Bozzuto Construction

CBP Constructors
Conifer Realty
Maryland DHCD
Gallagher, Evelius & Jones
Howard County Housing
Klein Hornig
Landex Corporation
Osprey Property Company
Pennrose Properties
PNC Bank
Quantum RE Management
Shelter Development
Southway Builders
SunTrust Bank


Baltimore Housing

Boston Capital

CHAI, Inc.

CL McCoy Framing

Conifer LeChase Construction

Delaware Valley Development Corp.

Green Street Housing

Grimm & Parker

Habitat America

Housing Trust of America

Hudson Housing Capital

Humphrey Management

Ingerman Management

Marks Thomas Architects

Natnl Fdn for Affordable Housing Solutions

Novogradac & Company



R4 Capital

Raymond James

Real Property Research Group

Red Stone Equity Partners

Stavrou Companies

Victory Housing

Wells Fargo

Woori America Bank



AHC of Greater Baltimore

ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region

Episcopal Housing

HOC of Montgomery County

Interfaith Housing Alliance


Mission First Housing

Volunteers of America

2016 Board of Directors

Chickie Grayson, President

Ivy Carter, Vice President

Jonette Hahn, Treasurer

Kathleen Koch, Secretary

Eric Brown

Ed Delany

Jim French

Kim Fry

Phil Gibbs

Jeff Hettleman

Trudy McFall, Ex Officio

Michael Pitchford

Dave Raderman, Of Counsel

Peter Siegel

Corine Sheridan

Andrew Vincent

Jessica Zuniga

MAHC Staff

Miranda Darden-Willems
Executive Director

Want to Join the MAHC Board?

The Nominating Committee is accepting nominations from MAHC Members in good standing who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors for a minimum two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.  For more information or to be considered for the Board, contact Executive Director Miranda Darden-Willems. Nominations must be received by May 12, 2016.

Welcome New MAHC Members

  • Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Asian-American Homeownership Counseling
  • A Step Forward
  • Devere Insulation
  • Lancaster Pollard
  • Morgan Keller Construction
  • TD Bank
  • Ayodeji Badaki, Housing Authority of Washington County
  • Terry Green, Triad Housing Corp.
  • Julia Pierson, Cloudburst Consulting
  • Richard McRae, Consultant

Session 2016 Wrap Up:

Session 2016 was a rollercoaster of unexpected twists and turns.  Despite our strong advocacy efforts, testimony at multiple hearings, and steadfast support from Delegates Maggie McIntosh and Adrienne Jones who pushed to add money to the budget for RHW, the final budget passed by the Legislature only allocated $12.5M in FY17 for RHW.  In an unprecedented turn of events, at the suggestion of the DLS, $10M in RHW funds, as well as nearly the entire DHCD budget, was moved from the capital budget to the operating budget.  The capital budget passed with an allocation of an additional $2.5M of capital funding for RHW for a total of $12.5M in funding for FY17.  Although this funding level is the lowest since the program's inception four years ago, we are encouraged that the Governor’s budget made RHW part of DHCD’s Rental Housing Programs budget.  New "intent" language was included in the capital budget from the legislature instructing the Governor to fund RHW at a minimum of $20M in future budgets.  While not mandatory, this is a strong sign of legislative support for the RHW program. 

The commitment of our members and advocates to fight for increased funding was a bright spot amid our disappointment with the budget outcome.  We will continue to advocate for funding of this very successful program at historical levels next year.  We also helped defeat several bills including: HB 1472 "The Fire Safety Construction Act", which would have changed the State building code to require steel and concrete construction for multifamily buildings in urban areas and required a 24-hour fire safety watch, among other provisions; HB 243 which would have given broader definition to who can file a court action if they feel they are negatively impacted by a land use action; and SB 547 which would have required Public Housing Authorities to broaden eligibility requirements for ex-offenders who want to live in public housing.  Another bill we opposed, SB 241, did pass but was amended to remove the provision that would required owners to pay tenants moving expenses if they voluntarily moved due to the occupancy change, but now only requires owners of Senior housing properties that are converting to general occupancy to provide tenants with a 180-day notice of the change.  

A few bills that passed and may be of interest to our members include SB182 which requires landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors in rental units by April 1, 2018.  HB 684 which codified the Baltimore Regional Housing Initiative (BRNI) and includes a funding mandate of $12M annually through 2022 (though it only received $3M in 2017).  BRNI provides funds to community development organizations in and around Baltimore City for neighborhood revitalization projects, including mixed use projects that include housing.  In addition, DHCD's bill (HB 326) passed and authorizes the Community Development Administration to engage in more business lending and expands the Neighborhood Business Works program to priority funding areas. Finally, several other bills that MAHC supported did not move ahead, including the HOME Act and the Community Development Fund, but we expect to see them again next session.

Thanks to Jessica Zuniga and the MAHC Legislative Committee for all of your hard work this session, and to our members for your advocacy efforts!

President's Perspective

Dear MAHC Members and Friends,

The 2016 Legislative Session had its ups and downs..  We started with the Governor’s budget request of $10M for Rental Housing Works.  The Legislature through the good works of Maggie McIntosh and Adrienne Jones increased the amount to $15M.   At the last minute in the conference committee, $2.5M was rescinded and the total RHW for 2016-2017 budget is $12.5M.  The lowest amount ever funded for RHW.  The MAHC Board will work with the Governor’s office early and often to advocate for this important program and will be meeting with Secretary Holt and the Governor’s staff to address the budget gap.  We do appreciate all of your efforts – your phone calls, emails, and legislative visits did make a difference and we had the support of many Legislators.

I look forward to seeing many of you at MAHC’s upcoming Members’ Breakfast with DHCD Secretary Ken Holt on April 21st in Annapolis!  

                                                                                                                                       ~Chickie Grayson 

Join us for Breakfast with the Secretary

MAHC Members are invited to join us for our Spring membership event - a Breakfast with DHCD Secretary Ken Holt and his staff.  There will be plenty of time for networking followed by a short program where we will hear from DHCD staff about what's going on at the Department and what MAHC has been working on, and DHCD will present their housing awards.  The event is going to take place on April 21, 2016 from 8:30am - 11:30am at the Double Tree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD.  Space is limited and registration is required, so please go HERE to register.

MAHC's Comments on the QAP

The MAHC Development Committee and the MAHC Local Government/PHA Committee reviewed the first draft of the QAP and made recommendations to the Board, which were submitted to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.  The majority of comments revolved around the Community of Opportunity and Qualified Census Tract (QCT) changes and how the point system could be better balanced. Both committees had significant comments on the community revitalization criteria. Our members had concerns over the changes to special needs targeting and the length of time those units have to be held, as well as the change for more 3-bedroom units.  You can read MAHC's full comments on the QAP HERE.  If you wish to get involved in a MAHC Committee please contact Miranda Darden-Willems.

What's Going on at Maryland DHCD

  • DHCD received 40 comments to the first draft of the QAP and Guide for 2016.  They plan to release the next draft by month end and will have another comment period.  To view the draft QAP, Guide, and all other documents released by DHCD go HERE. 

  • DHCD recently published two funding announcements.  The first is for $3.7 Million in funds available for the installation of energy conservation measures in multifamily buildings in BGE territories where at least 80% of tenants earn 60% AMI or below.  Priority will be given to master metered buildings and work must be completed by April 30, 2017.  Go HERE to review the announcement.  They also have $250,000 available for builder operator training, which also must be for properties in BGE service areas and completed by April 30, 2017.  Go HERE to review the announcement.

  • DHCD has issued a NOFA for Project Based Rental Assistance open to existing non-age restricted properties in their portfolio that want to provide additional units for persons with disabilities.  More details HERE

Other Housing Industry News

  • Baltimore County has entered into a Conciliation Agreement with HUD and will provide $30 Million over the next 10 years to create 1,000 new affordable housing units in designated areas of the County.  In addition, they will create a Mobility Counseling Program and Mobility Assistance Fund to assist families with locating expanded housing opportunities.  To read more about the agreement, activities they plan to undertake, and view the map of areas designated for new housing units, visit their site HERE.

  • HUD recently published the 2016 Income Limits which apply to Low Income Housing Tax Credit Properties.  Go HERE to view the new limits.

  • The National Council of Housing Market Analysts (NCHMA), will host its 2016 Spring Meeting in Baltimore, MD on April 19-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor.  Market analysts, appraisers, developers, equity and debt underwriters and other housing professionals will gather for discussions on emerging industry issues including new developments at FHA and HUD, the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Rule and emerging LIHTC allocation trends.  The event will also explore development finance opportunities and best practices for underwriting and market analysis. Learn more and register HERE.  MAHC members receive 10% off registration with promo code 16NSMMAHC.

  • Be sure to check MAHC's Job Posting Board HERE. Send jobs you would like posted to Miranda Darden-Willems.

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